POLICE have renewed their appeal to drivers in South Tyneside to do their bit to combat car thieves.
Despite a recent warning from officers as part of Operation Mercedes, they say vehicle owners are still leaving goods on show.
Police are investigating three reports of overnight thefts from vehicles on Thursday night in South Shields.
A sat-nav unit was taken from a car in Eyemouth Court, while a bike, stereo, a driver’s licence and a second sat-nav were stolen from two cars in Dovedale Court.
Another car was broken into on Waverdale Way overnight, but nothing appears to have been stolen.
Neighbourhood Inspector Peter Sutton said: “Our patrols are continuing to target thieves intent on stealing from vehicles, but we need the public’s help to ensure they don’t become a victim in the first place.
“Just by carrying out the simple task of removing goods from display, including sat-navs and stereos, drivers are greatly increasing their chances of keeping thieves at bay.”
He added: “Any tell-tale sucker marks from a sat-nav which has been removed can lead thieves to rummage in glove boxes for the device.
“People should make sure they are also removed.”
Anyone with information about the thefts should contact police on 101, extension 69191.